Getting to know one another … and starting down our publishing path.
- Introductions and syllabus review
- Review status of everyone’s projects (~2-3 minutes each); identify student goals for the quarter; expectations, mine and yours
- Mini-lecture: Why an author (or book) website, why WordPress, why self-publish? (ppt)
- LAB: Set up your WordPress.com accounts. Why?
- To make it easier to add you to this course site as an author, which gives you experience with multi-author blogs
- To get used to WordPress interface before setting up self-hosted accounts
- For access to WordPress services such as Gravatar, Akismet
- Demo: selecting & changing themes; how to make a text link; how to make a post
Reading before next Wednesday:
- A.P.E. – Chapter 2, A review of traditional publishing and Chapter 3, The self-publishing revolution (get your free download from Guy)
- WordPress Lessons: Introduction to blogging (pay special attention to the terminology)
- WordPress Lessons: First Steps With WordPress (focuses on WP.org but applies to WP.com)
- WordPress Resource: Understanding Posts (how to make one, explanation of interface; please read best practices)
- WordPress Resource: Understanding Pages
- Tool: set up a Google+ profile (why?)
- General assignment due January 14: complete the set up of your individual WordPress.com sites; modify the theme from the default; edit the course assignments page and create a link to your WordPress.com site (alphabetical by student first name, please). Due next Tuesday!
- Project assignment due January 21: make a post here (this course blog) that contains a link to and description of three blogs/sites that you consider “good competitors” – why do they appeal to you/how they fit your vision of your site?
- Extra Credit: make a post here (this course blog, before next week’s class) that is a resource or news item related to course topics (very big umbrella); select the category “resources” for your post.
How to make a text link
How to make a post